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goggsy

Apocalypse Now original script

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Anyone who’s a fan of the movie (which there will probably be quite a few of on this site for the helicopter attack scene alone) might be interested in the original script that I stumbled across today. The writer had wanted to serve in the Marines in Vietnam but was prevented from doing so by asthma so he went to UCLA film school instead, along with Frances Ford Coppola and The Doors apparently. One of his tutors commented that nobody had ever made a decent film representation of Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” so apparently the writer was inspired to have a go and get Vietnam out of his system at the same time. The result is interesting, a bit different to the final output but still worth a read. Without spoiling anything too much, one twist is that an important character is represented as an Australian deserter.

 

http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/apocolypse.html

 

It’s an interesting site all round, shame the guy can’t spell.

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